An Alleged ‘Pretendian’ Professor Resigns



Emily Carr College in Vancouver, Canada, employed Gina Adams, an American artist, in 2019 as a part of a nationwide effort to recruit extra Indigenous college students and college members to larger training. However Adams, who publicly claimed to have an Ojibwe grandfather who was compelled right into a residential college, resigned final month amid allegations that she’d faked her Indigenous heritage, in keeping with the Vancouver Sun. “Emily Carr College takes very significantly the allegations {that a} member of our college made a false declare to Indigenous identification,” the college stated in a press release, confirming Adams’s resignation. It promised to assessment its hiring insurance policies to “align with our deep dedication to reconciliation.”

Allegations that Adams was a “pretendian,” or somebody falsely claiming Indigenous ancestry, surfaced final 12 months on an nameless Twitter account. In line with the tweets by @NoMoreRedFace, Adams’s grandfather was not Ojibwe from Minnesota however a white French-Canadian man named Albert Theriault who was born in Massachusetts. An investigative report printed this week in Maclean’s arrives on the similar conclusion. (The article was written by Michelle Cyca, a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and former communications employees member at Emily Carr.)

Adams, who by 2021 was an assistant dean at Emily Carr, initially circulated a press release to pick out colleagues saying that her grandfather was certainly Theriault, however that he was of Chippewa: Ojibwe-Lakota descent, in keeping with Maclean’s. She reportedly later utilized to the White Earth Nation however was rejected as a result of none of her family might be discovered of their database. A heritage statement on Adams’s web site says that “I’ve been clear about my lineage all through my life. I’m Ojibwa by descent solely and never enrolled. My continued analysis on our ancestry is ongoing, and personal to be shared with solely myself and my household.” Earlier this summer time, Queen’s College in Canada apologized for a case involving six alleged pretendian professors there. And final 12 months, a curator at Simon Fraser College in Canada resigned amid questions on her said Indigenous identification.



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